Job Announcement: EHS Infant/Toddler Teacher

Through the Looking Glass (TLG) seeks an Early Head Start Infant/Toddler Teacher for its small Early Head Start Program. TLG is a Berkeley based and internationally recognized organization serving children and families with disabilities.

Title:    Early Head Start Infant/Toddler Teacher
Employment type:  Full-time, 40 hours a week

Benefits: TLG offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental insurance, paid time off, paid holidays, long-term disability, and life insurance

Position Summary: Under the guidance of the EHS Director, provides quality primary care giving for infants or toddlers in a safe and supervised early care and education setting; Promotes the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of Early Head Start children enrolled in the program; develops individual goals for children; provides screenings and on-going assessment; Follows all Head Start Program Performance Standards, agency policies, procedures and other applicable Federal and State regulations to successfully accomplish the TLG Early Head Start Program goals and objectives.

Education and Experience:  BA/BS or enrolled in program leading to BA/BS in Early Childhood Education (ECE); OR in a field related to early childhood education and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education, with experience working with infants and toddlers; Training and experience in the principles of child health, safety and nutrition. Experience in child assessments, Infant/Toddler Curriculum and 2 years’ experience working with infants and toddlers with diverse needs in a center based program which includes children with disabilities.

Training Opportunity: TLG provides extensive training regarding early childhood development, adaptations for children or parents with disabilities, infant mental health, families with disabilities, video coaching/intervention and many other topics.  Its EHS staff can participate in this training and can also receive support and training regarding health and nutrition issues from a specialized consultant.

General Requirements:  Possession of a valid California driver’s license and current personal vehicle insurance preferred.  Job may require the use of personal vehicle in successful completion of job duties and responsibilities. State regulations require current tuberculosis test upon employment and within every twenty-five (25) month thereafter. Current immunization records including (Pertussis and Measles) and verified fingerprint, child abuse and criminal records clearance before beginning work. Physical examination upon employment and within every fifteen (15) month thereafter.

Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Abilities:
* Dependable and patient.
* Supervise and monitor children at all times.
* Participate in regularly scheduled team meetings to plan for and deliver collaborative services across all components.
* Ability to apply Early Childhood Development theory in daily activities, and adapt to the individual needs of children.
* Develop and utilize integrated curriculum plans, which reflect mandated elements and components, parental and cultural influences, and promote the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of infants and toddlers.
* Implement developmentally appropriate curriculum into classroom activities to address and meet individual goals for children as identified in their individualized education plans.
* Demonstrate knowledge of, and support in providing high quality learning environments in a center that is based on children’s individual needs.
* Respond appropriately to crisis or emergency situations that may occur.
* Assess individual and group needs, attending to differences in needs and disability issues, specific interests, strengths and concerns.
* Prepare classroom materials to support developmentally appropriate curriculum plans; create and change learning centers and materials as needed.
* Provide an atmosphere that promotes and reinforces parental involvement in the classroom.
* Communicate regularly with parents, regarding each child's progress.
* Conduct the required parent/teacher conferences and home visits for the purpose of assessment and support, and to share information on classroom progress and educational strategies at school and at home.
* Document baselines, ongoing assessments according to agency benchmarks.
* Document all significant classroom issues, parent contacts and home visit
* Monitor and report child abuse.
* Attend meetings, trainings and appropriate professional development activities
* Open to coaching and improvement of skills and knowledge
* Assure general maintenance and security of facility and assist with inventory of equipment and supplies.
* Other duties as requested.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Bilingual, bi-literate preferred; English/Spanish or ASL and/or other language ability based on program needs.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:  Possession of a valid California driver’s license and current personal vehicle insurance. Job requires the use of personal vehicle in successful completion of job duties and responsibilities. State regulations require a physical examination, current tuberculosis test, and verified fingerprint and criminal records clearance before beginning work.

Through the Looking Glass is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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To apply please fax or email resumes to TLG
Contact: Denice Catching, Center Director
Re: Early Head Start Infant/Toddler Teacher
Through the Looking Glass  
Fax: (510) 848-4445
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Through the Looking Glass (TLG) is a disability and Deaf community-based nonprofit organization in Berkeley, California. TLG has pioneered clinical and supportive services, as well as national training and research serving families in which one or more members – whether parent or child - has a disability or medical issue. Since founding in 1982 TLG has provided infant mental health or infant/parent /family therapy and relationship-based developmental services. TLG’s mission is: To create, demonstrate and encourage non-pathological and empowering resources and model early intervention services for families with disability issues in parent or child which integrate expertise derived from personal disability experience and disability culture. TLG’s staff includes culturally and linguistically diverse psychologists, marriage and family therapists, social workers, developmental specialists, occupational therapists, researchers, a family law attorney, a nurse, a childbirth educator and early childhood educators.

Keywords: Early Head Start; Early Childhood Education